Series: Renegade Angels #1
Published by Signet on 10/4/11
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
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Adrian Mitchell is a powerful angel leading an elite Special Ops unit of Seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen-angels who have become vampires-and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals- losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her-Shadoe-her soul once more inhabiting a new body, with no memory of him. And this time, he won't let her go.
A Touch of Crimson is the first book in the Renegade Angels trilogy and the first book I’ve read by Sylvia Day. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will look into her other PNR/UF work.
Adrian Mitchell is Captain of the Sentinels, an elite group of angels sent to police the Fallen. I love that in the Renegade Angels world there is an angel hierarchy and that vampires and lycans were made from fallen angels. I also love that no one angel has the same color wings. Adrian’s are white with a touch of crimson as you can tell by the incredibly gorgeous cover that Tony Mauro did. Adrian’s purpose is to punish the Fallen, angels who have become vampires, and to keep his indentured lycans in line. Thing is eons ago Adrian secretly fell in love with a mortal woman and though she died her soul has been reincarnated many, many times. She always comes back to him and he always loses her no matter what he does to try to stop it. She is not only tied to Adrian, she is also tied to Syre, her father and first of the Fallen. Adrian recognizes Shadoe’s soul as soon as he sees her no matter what her mortal body looks like. At the start of this book, it’s been 200 years since his beloved Shadoe has been in his life. He is miserably lonely and just suffered a terrible loss. The second he sees Lindsay in the airport his life is turned upside-down.
Lindsay Gibson has always been different and has never felt like she fit in anywhere she’s been. She’s had to hide the darker side of herself and has never connected with anyone. She decides to pick up, move across country and start over. Little did she know that her move would bring someone into her life that not only understands her gift but truly gets her.
I enjoyed this book from the beginning; the world building, the character development. I felt for Adrian and all that he’s been through. He has suffered so much throughout his life and has such a huge responsibility with the rest of the Sentinels and the lycans. Last thing he needs is war to break out between the Sentinels, lycans and vampires but someone or something has created a disease that is infecting the vampires and making them little more than rabid beasts. On top of that, the lycans have a pack member that shows alpha traits (which isn’t allowed) and are hoping that he will free them and lead them to their salvation. Who is responsible for the turmoil? Angel, vampire or lycan?
A Touch of Crimson was a book I found myself saying “just one more chapter and I’ll put it aside” but just couldn’t do it. Once I got sucked into the world I was hooked and needed to know what happened next. The chemistry between Adrian and Lindsay was HOT. That being said, as much as I liked the main characters in this book the character that stood out to me the most was Elijah, the reluctant alpha lycan. He seems like such a good guy and like Adrian he is thrown into a mess he doesn’t know how to clean up. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book, A Hunger So Wild, which is Elijah’s story. I give A Touch of Crimson 4 stars.
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